Job Openings

Careers at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy are rewarding in more ways than one. While working at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, including at Fallingwater, you’ll experience an unusually deep sense of accomplishment, pride and camaraderie with other like-minded professionals.

Café Team Member – Full Time

Fallingwater (Mill Run, PA)

Fallingwater, a property entrusted to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and designated as a National Historic Landmark and inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, is seeking a Café Team Member to provide excellent customer service by waiting on customers, helping in the preparation and presentation of food, and maintaining a clean and stocked facility. 

Job Duties

  • Ensures proper set up and follows open procedures of the Café.
  • Sets up pastry display.
  • Preps, cooks and plates items for Café service to specification; will sometimes assist in other culinary functions as needed.
  • Waits on customers and operates the sales register, accurate cash handling responsibilities included.
  • Assists in maintaining inventory and monitoring shortages.
  • Assists the sous chef or executive chef as needed.
  • Supports the Conservancy’s cost containment and fundraising efforts and needs, as applicable.
  • Performs additional duties and responsibilities as needed

Physical Requirements

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Must be able to stand for up to eight hours
  • Must be able to bend, move and lift up to 40lbs
  • Ability to work with dangerous equipment, including knives, slicers and ovens
  • Frequent bending and stooping
  • Work in a hot environment, sometimes with/near open flame
  • To be able to complete all physical requirements of the job with or without a reasonable accommodation 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with food preparation, cooking service and preparation
  • Excellent customer service and organizational skills
  • Some experience handling cash and performing sales transactions preferred 
  • Ability to multitask and work under pressure.
  • Must be able to work evenings, weekends, holidays and be flexible with schedule and hours.

Location

This position's primary location(s): Fallingwater (Mill Run, PA)

Position Duration

This is a full-time hourly, seasonal position with benefits.

Pay

Pay range: $16.78 – $17.85 per hour

Application Process

Please send a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list Café Team Member – Full-Time in the subject line.

Application Deadline

Until filled

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Land Protection Manager

Headquarters - Pittsburgh Office (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is seeking an individual to fill the position of Land Protection Manager. This person will be responsible for developing and managing land acquisition projects, maintaining contacts with the public interested in land protection options, developing partnership opportunities with government agencies, local land trusts, and conservation partners; and representing Land Conservation and Stewardship in the assigned strategic areas of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.   

The position assists the Vice President, Land Conservation in achieving WPC’s Land Protection strategies and initiatives in a designated region by independently planning, coordinating and implementing land acquisition projects with a high level of independence, including fundraising, following internal standards and land trust accreditation standards and obtaining all necessary approvals for projects.  The person will Initiate and maintain contact with the landowners interested in land protection options and develop partnership opportunities with other conservation organizations, including other land trusts. The position requires a high level of organization to manage the many details of the position.   

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) has been dedicated to protecting and restoring the region’s exceptional natural places since 1932. As a member-based nonprofit organization, we work in cities and towns across Western Pennsylvania and rely on the help of thousands of members, partners and volunteers. We are making a difference in our region’s water, land and life. We do this work for the benefit of wildlife and people who call Western Pennsylvania home, and for future generations. 

Job Duties

  • Works to identify, contact and inform landowners of conservation options in WPC’s priority conservation areas, focusing on strategic areas in western Pennsylvania, generally identified on WPC’s Conservation Blueprint and other areas of focus identified by the Vice President, Land Conservation.  
  • Maintains paper and electronic files in conformance with standards set by WPC based upon Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices. Ensures that LTA Standards and Practices are met. 
  • Prepares moderately complex and/or confidential correspondence and legal documents.   Functions as in-house expert on land transaction documentation; provides guidance and assists other staff or land trusts with document review, as needed.   
  • Works from a designated base WPC office or offices and travels throughout Pennsylvania, especially strategic areas in western Pennsylvania, generally identified on WPC’s Conservation Blueprint and other areas of focus identified as directed by the Vice President, Land Conservation. With the permission of the Vice President, Land Conservation, some work can be performed from home or another remote location. 
  • Establishes and maintains strong relationships with landowners in identified strategic areas, independent of the Vice President, Land Conservation.   
  • Manages land protection projects including:
    1. Attending meetings and negotiating with landowners; 
    2. Conducting site visits; 
    3. Handling all pertinent documentation; 
    4. Reviewing aspects of due diligence including appraisals, title work and phase one environmental assessments; 
    5. Preparing draft legal documents; 
    6. Coordinating with title companies; 
    7. Documenting all aspects related to conservation transactions; 
    8. Coordinating financing strategies including development of grant proposals and seeking funding sources to support acquisitions and related expenses; and 
    9. Managing project timelines independent of the Vice President, Land Conservation, but communicating with the Vice President and other senior staff as necessary for the successful completion of land protection projects. 
  • Works with legal counsel, Vice President of Land Conservation and other LCS staff relating to the acquisition and divestment of land, including organizing closings, negotiating with involved parties and handling all pertinent documentation. 
  • Assists science staff with the development of parcel-level land protection plans and implements land protection plans for properties identified in plans.   
  • Responsible for documentation pertaining to real estate acquisition and conveyance expenses and other costs, to ensure easy linkages to organizational asset sheets. 
  • Answers questions from and provides information to the general public regarding land protection tools available to them including questions regarding acquisition of conserved property and gifts of real estate.  
  • Maintains data for land protection projects in the data management system.  
  • Researches grants and income-generating opportunities, prepares grant proposals and maintains relationships with donors.   
  • Participates in WPC organizational events and event planning as requested. 

Physical Requirements

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • Utilizing keyboarding and fine motor skills  
  • Driving a motor vehicle  
  • Sedentary work  
  • Sitting/standing/walking for periods in excess of 8 hours  
  • Possesses sufficient physical stamina to conduct field investigations in rough terrain and adverse weather conditions. 
  • Speaking and hearing in-person, telephone, and other remote speech  
  • Seeing with near and far visual acuity 

Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree and field of study or experience in natural resources, real estate, law, or a related field, or a demonstrated interest in one or more of these fields is preferred.   
  • Knowledge of the tools used for land protection such as easements, deed restrictions, deeds, best management practices, etc. is preferred.    
  • Must have excellent organizational skills and be able to handle multiple tasks and priorities.   
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills and well-developed verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Must have excellent time management skills. Must excel in achieving results on schedule.  
  • Must have a high degree of accuracy and be detail oriented. 
  • Must have excellent computer skills, including the ability to use word-processing, spreadsheet and database software.   
  • Ability to meet all physical requirements of the job with or without a reasonable accommodation. 

Location

This position's primary location(s): Headquarters - Pittsburgh Office (Pittsburgh, PA)

Position Duration

This is a full-time opportunity, which includes a benefits package.

Additional Details

The position is based in our Pittsburgh office. However, a candidate with significant experience might be able to work from central Pennsylvania

Pay

$53,000 to $64,000 annually. Please include salary expectations. In consideration of advanced qualifications and years of experience, the pay may be higher than this range, as candidate pay will commensurate with experience. 

Application Process

Please send a cover letter and resume to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list Land Protection Manager in the subject line. 

Application Deadline

May 24, 2024

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Sous Chef

Fallingwater (Mill Run, PA)

Fallingwater, a property entrusted to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and designated as a National Historic Landmark and inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, is seeking a highly motivated and experienced professional as its new Sous Chef. An iconic museum destination with an international audience, Fallingwater offers its visitors an unparalleled experience and upholds the highest industry standards in customer service and hospitality. The Sous Chef plays a key role in upholding those standards by acting as the assistant to the Executive Chef. Duties include supervising the café staff at the Fallingwater Visitor Center, directing food preparation, helping with menu creation and meal design and assisting with special events. Our organization strives to operate as sustainably as possible and knowledge in sustainable food practices is preferred. Our ideal candidate is a creative, talented team leader that is passionate about participating in the creation of delicious seasonal food.

Job Duties

  • Works directly with Executive Chef in all aspects of running a food service operation including organization, paperwork, cooking, employee training and supervision, inventorying, cleaning, menu production, and special event catering.
  • Assists in the development of seasonal menus and meal design and develops new menu options based on seasonal change and customer demand.
  • Assists in monitoring inventory at both Café and Kitchen.  Assists Executive Chef in ordering food and supplies as needed.
  • Supervises Cafe staff, plans and schedules daily food production and foodservice sanitation, as directed by Executive Chef.  
  • Assists Executive Chef in training new hires and existing staff, including training on continuing compliance with food service regulations, and in overall Café cleaning and maintenance.
  • Upholds Fallingwater’s sustainability standards and meets all requirements of certification with theGreen Restaurant Association and Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurants.
  • Ensures that cash control measures in the Cafe are followed.
  • Oversees general Cafe cleaning and maintenance to ensure aesthetic standards are maintained.
  • Assists with customer complaints and difficult customers.
  • Supports the Conservancy’s cost containment and fundraising efforts and needs, as applicable and directed by the Executive Chef.
  • Performs additional duties and responsibilities as requested.

Physical Requirements

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to lift up to 40 lbs
  • Ability to regularly reach with hands and arms and talk or hear while performing job duties
  • Ability to sit for extended periods while prepping food; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and climb or balance
  • Ability to stand for extended periods throughout the work day, as well as stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus
  • Ability to work in an environment with moderate to high noise level
  • Ability to work in an environment with exposure to fumes and vibrations
  • Ability to drive a motor vehicle 

Qualifications

  • Minimum of two years of formal culinary/foodservice management training or commensurate experience; minimum of two years of culinary preparation experience; minimum two years of culinary management experience in similar volume operation with comparable duties and responsibilities.
  • Must be well versed in a wide variety of cooking skills, techniques and possess a knowledge of food presentation.
  • Must have or be able to obtain current certifications and licenses required by local, state, and/or Federal guidelines for food production management.
  • Must be able to successfully complete training to be ServSafe certified through the National Restaurant Association.
  • Knowledge in sustainable food practices is preferred.
  • Proven skills as a strong team player with some experience supervising employees and with professional kitchen organization is required.
  • Must be able to work weekends and holidays, be able to work overtime as necessary, and show flexibility with scheduling and hours.
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from managers, staff, customers, and general public.
  • Proficiency with MS Office software and experience with POS systems required. 
  • Valid driver’s license required.
  • To be able to complete all physical requirements of the job with or without a reasonable accommodation.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with food preparation, cooking service and preparation
  • Good customer service and organizational skills
  • Some experience handling cash
  • Some knowledge of food preparation and presentation
  • Must be able to work evenings, weekends, holidays and be flexible with schedule and hours 

Location

This position's primary location(s): Fallingwater (Mill Run, PA)

Position Duration

This is a full-time, seasonal position with benefits.

Pay

The pay range of this position is $25.05-$28.32 an hour. Please include pay requirements, as employment offer will commensurate with experience.

Application Process

To apply, please send a letter and resume to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list Sous Chef in the subject line.

Application Deadline

Until filled

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Visitor Services Representative – Part Time

Fallingwater (Mill Run, PA)

Fallingwater, a National Historic Landmark and UNESCO World Heritage site owned by The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC), is seeking a highly motivated and engaged individual to serve as a Part-time Visitor Services Representative who will be responsible for taking and updating reservations and visitor information, greeting visitors, selling admission tickets, staffing the information desk and working with internet ticket sales. This person will also assist with Fallingwater special events, as needed.

As an iconic museum destination with an international audience, Fallingwater offers its visitors an unparalleled experience and upholds the highest industry standards in customer service and hospitality.

Job Duties

  • Trains and works at all areas within the visitor services department including, admissions booth, reservation office, information desk, group sales and shuttle driver when needed.
  • Communicates with individuals who are interested in Fallingwater.
  • Completes visitor requests for information and mails brochures as requested.
  • Answers questions from visitors in person, on the telephone and via email, and directs visitors to proper areas.
  • Compiles end-of-day paperwork on a daily basis, including cash and credit card receipts.
  • Follows cash handling procedures in the admissions booth, information desk and reservations office as established by the visitors services manager, operations supervisor and finance department.
  • Tallies daily attendance numbers and assists in managing visitor flow through the control of daily reservations and visitors entering the property.
  • Maintains ongoing communication with on-site staff and work stations to ensure a smooth visitor services process by notifying all appropriate areas, including admission booth, information desk, museum shop, café, and floor supervisor of reservation totals and special situations.
  • Maintains the visitor services database.
  • Enters new reservations and update existing information received by telephone, mail, email in the reservation office.
  • Compiles daily summary report, generate and send email confirmations.
  • Sells tour tickets and process payments. through reservations office, at admissions booth or information desk.
  • Compiles daily internet sales and/or gift card redemptions and activations reports.
  • As assigned, completes group reservations, lodging partner reservations, and maintain lodging partner account statements (as assigned).
  • Assists with reservations, information and admissions concerning special events held at Fallingwater and the Barn at Fallingwater, as requested.
  • Provides other support to Special Events as needed including scheduling, set-up and clean-up.
  • Supports the Conservancy’s cost containment and fundraising efforts and needs, as applicable.
  • Performs additional duties and responsibilities as needed.

Physical Requirements

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to stand for extended periods of time, up to eight (8) hours
  • Ability to sit for extended periods of time, up to eight (8) hours
  • Ability to drive a motor vehicle
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • Ability to ascend and descend stairways and/or ladders
  • Communicate, converse, exchange information in-person, via telephone and remotely
  • Ability to utilize a keyboard
  • Gross manipulation such as seizing, holding, grasping, turning, or otherwise working with hand(s)
  • Ability to operate standard office equipment
  • Ability to be mobile and traverse throughout job location for up to eight (8#) hours
  • Pushing, pulling, lifting and carrying up to fifty (25) pounds
  • Bending, twisting, stooping, crouching, kneeling and crawling
  • Reaching overhead, at eye level, and below shoulder level
  • Possess near, far and peripheral visual acuity

Qualifications

  • High school diploma or GED preferred
  • Must have good verbal and written communications skills, professional telephone etiquette and a strong customer service orientation
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to work well independently and with others. Must present a positive and friendly image to visitors
  • Must be detail-oriented and have a working knowledge of office procedures
  • A working knowledge of word processing and data base software is required
  • Must maintain a good knowledge of Fallingwater and environs and WPC
  • Ability to work weekends and holidays and flexibility with hours and schedule is required
  • Previous experience in handling cash; accuracy and attention to detail
  • Must be able to remain calm under pressure
  • Must be able to complete all physical requirements of the job with or without a reasonable accommodation

Location

This position's primary location(s): Fallingwater (Mill Run, PA)

Position Duration

This is seasonal part-time position.

Pay

We offer a competitive salary. The starting pay range for this position is $17.40/hour to $19.38/hour.

Application Process

Please send a letter, resume and salary requirements to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list Visitor Services Representative (part-time) in the subject line.

Application Deadline

Until filled

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Fallingwater Marketing Communications Specialist

Fallingwater (Mill Run, PA)

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) is seeking a highly motivated, creative professional with experience in marketing communications, public relations, marketing, digital marketing or multimedia communications for its Marketing Communications Specialist for Fallingwater. The specialist will support WPC’s communications department by leading, managing and/or assisting with the essential duties associated with Fallingwater’s external marketing and communications efforts, specifically social media content creation, photography, videography, website writing and advertising. In addition, the specialist will help manage and assist with special projects and other duties as assigned.

Job Duties

  • Creates, writes, edits and schedules content for and manages the social media channels for Fallingwater. Monitors and responds to social media comments.
  • Takes and edits photos and videos that support engaging content for social media platforms.
  • Works with other Frank Lloyd Wright sites to partner on social media content and campaigns.
  • Creates, oversees, informs and manages Fallingwater’s social media policies and social media brand reputation strategy.
  • Writes website content for Fallingwater.org, including updates on preservation work at Fallingwater.
  • Creates, writes and edits Fallingwater quarterly e-newsletters and performs other writing assignments as assigned.
  • Works with Fallingwater staff to help develop, manage and implement strategies for marketing and communications related to Fallingwater’s revenue-generating operations, including site visitation, Museum Store, Café, Barn and Fallingwater Institute.
  • Places social media advertising for Fallingwater.
  • Takes and collects video and photography that support marketing efforts and other communications projects and platforms.
  • Monitors, maintains and updates communications databases and a library of archives. Performs data analysis and provides numbers for quarterly reports. Works collaboratively to improve the functionality of databases and archives.
  • Manages Fallingwater multimedia communications intern.
  • Participates in special projects and performs additional duties and other responsibilities as assigned.

Absolute Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in public relations, marketing communications, marketing, digital marketing, multimedia communications or related field or comparable work experience
  • At least five years of experience
  • Experience with the management of social media platforms and digital advertising
  • Strong communication skills, including writing and editing
  • Experience in the production of communication materials
  • Proficiency with email marketing platforms
  • Strong project management, organizational skills and excellent attention to detail
  • Experience working in a fast-paced, team environment
  • A developed eye for design and demonstrated skill in applying a visual and brand aesthetic
  • Proficiency in photography and videography
  • Genuine interest in and knowledge of architecture, art and design

Physical Requirements

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Sitting and standing for extended periods of time (4 or more hours)
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds
  • Twisting
  • Bending
  • Utilizing keyboarding and fine motor skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience in the arts and cultural field
  • Master’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • Must have the ability to handle multiple priorities with flexibility and adaptability
  • Ability to handle information discreetly and confidentially
  • Experience using WordPress and Adobe Photoshop
  • Must present a professional demeanor and appearance

Location

This position's primary location(s): Fallingwater (Mill Run, PA)

Position Duration

This is a regular, full-time opportunity with benefits.

Pay

$53,000 – $64,000

Application Process

To apply, email a cover letter, resume, one writing sample and three social media samples (or a link to an online portfolio) and salary expectations to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list MarComm Specialist in the subject line.

Application Deadline

Until filled

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Website Manager

Headquarters - Pittsburgh Office (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) is seeking a highly motivated, creative professional with experience in website design and management for its Website Manager position. The web manager will support the overall organizational functions, tasks and assignments for managing the Conservancy’s two primary websites, WaterLandLife.org and Fallingwater.org.

The manager will be responsible for website management duties, such as website administration, design, functionality, site optimization, site maintenance, installing website updates and plugins, monitoring performance, troubleshooting, debugging, improving user experience, among other tasks.

Job Duties

  • Oversees the day-to-day maintenance and administration of WPC’s websites, WaterLandLife.org and Fallingwater.org, using the WordPress Content Management System.
  • Manages WordPress platform and uses HTML5, CSS3, PHP and Javascript other web-based code environments to for website development, design and content enhancements.
  • Works with website content using WordPress standard editing tools such as block editors, and post types and plugins that support those editors.
  • Works to explore other website editing and building platforms, such as drag and drop, and other visual editing platforms.
  • Develops website content to support organizational goals, campaigns and strategies.
  • Identifies strategies and goals to improve website user experience.
  • Creates strategies and goals to improve website traffic, audience growth and engagement, and search engine optimization (SEO).
  • Helps manage pay-per-click, backlinking and other forms of search engine optimization campaigns.
  • Creates strategies and goals to improve website navigation structure and functions.
  • Functions as the main WPC staff liaison for the websites with the website hosting company.
  • Adds time-sensitive information and updates as needed.
  • Tracks the effectiveness of the websites through Google Analytics and prepares reports regularly for meetings and staff review.
  • Hosts quarterly meetings on website performance with staff from other departments.
  • Helps support the graphic design and web-based coding projects when and where needed whenever the organization undergoes software changes pertaining to or affecting the websites.
  • Resizes, uses and optimizes videos and photos as content for the websites.
  • Helps to ensure organizational brand styles and standards are maintained for the websites.

Absolute Requirements

  • Bachelor of science degree in website design, website management, computer science or equivalent degree, or professional experience.
  • Must have at least five years of experience managing public-facing websites for an organization, brand or nonprofit entity.
  • Must have at least five years of experience using the WordPress content management system (CMS) on public-facing websites for an organization, brand or nonprofit entity.
  • Experience with HTML5, CSS, PHP and JavaScript code languages.
  • Experience using WordPress content editors and plugins.
  • Experience using and understanding of WordPress WYSIWYG editors such as Divi, Elementor or TinyMCE.
  • Experience developing the design and visual aspects of websites.
  • Experience developing website functional elements and display features, and ensuring security measures.
  • Experience in and understanding of mobile responsiveness while designing websites for mobile visitors.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must have experience working collaboratively within a fast-paced team environment.
  • Must have very good interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate with others and adapt to change.
  • Must be highly organized, results-oriented and capable of managing multiple tasks and priorities.

Physical Requirements

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Sitting and standing for extended periods of time (4 or more hours)
• Ability to lift up to 25 pounds
• Twisting
• Bending
• Utilizing keyboarding and fine motor skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience working on a team within a nonprofit or member-based organization.
  • Prior experience as a full-stack developer with an understanding of both frontend and backend functionality.
  • Experience in photography, videography, drone videography and video editing.
    Prior experience with creating original digital website content and message development.
  • Two years or more of experience with Adobe Creative\Cloud Master Suite, specifically PremierePro, Photoshop and In-Design.

Location

This position's primary location(s): Headquarters - Pittsburgh Office (Pittsburgh, PA)

Position Duration

This is a regular, full-time career opportunity with benefits.

Pay

$53,000 – $64,000

Application Process

To apply, email a cover letter, resume, three website examples (or a link to an online portfolio) and salary expectations to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list Web Manager in the subject line.

Application Deadline

Until filled

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The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation / Age.

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is fully committed to diversity and inclusion. We seek contributors from all backgrounds to join our team. Read our equal opportunity employer statement.